Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Pasqual Ferry Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 14, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 53
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgoblin attacks, he finds a hero at the end of his rope...and vulnerable to new dark impulses. Spider-Man is about to change his rules - but is it truly Peter who is in charge? Creative powerhouses Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth bring you a terrifying tale of a Peter Parker possesse more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    Spider-Man: Spiders Shadow launches a new era of What If? Tales, sending the web-slinger down a dark path. Given Zdarskys previous work, and how gorgeous Ferry and Hollingsworths art looks, this feels like it could be an all-timer for alternate Spider-Man tales. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Christopher Franey Apr 12, 2021

    This is looking to be a great story of the struggle of a good man as he has to fight his own dark inner impulses, and Chip inflicts some real torture on his main characters. There is also a write up after the story from Chip that just gives you a rundown of what to expect from this new era. Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1 is the perfect opener to this, and I really look forward to what else is coming from this new run of What If! Read Full Review

  • 10
    BGCP - Michael Lennox May 17, 2021

    I loved the What If? issues in the 1980s and 1990s.. from the ridiculous to the weird and the depressing they help kids (including big ones like me!) explore alternative outcomes to major plots and events in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Apr 21, 2021

    If you love some Marvel nostalgia, or just great storytelling, you'll love this. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 15, 2021

    Zdarksy writes an unbelievable tale and this take on the classic story is absolutely brilliant. The art by Pasqual Ferry is wonderful. I love where this is going. It is a dark story for sure but it is endlessly entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Apr 16, 2021

    Bottom Line: Chip Zdarsky took what could have been a paint-by-numbers What If and created an eerie beginning to a story that plays out more like a pulp horror movie of the week than a Spider-Man story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Apr 14, 2021

    The issue fires on all cylinders (story, art, colors, it all works here) and is a fantastic first outing for this alternate look at the Marvel universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geek'd Out - Jonathan Boes Apr 14, 2021

    So I hope youre not too sick of symbiotes, because Zdarsky and the team spinning what might be a classic Spider-Man tale. Grab a copy of Spider-Man: Spiders Shadow #1 at your local shop this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 12, 2021

    Zdarsky gives readers an introduction on the curtails of a classic that even the casual Spider-fan can get behind. However, there really isnt too much thats jaw-dropping quite yet. If youre a fan of everyones favorite web-head or love What If concepts, this series is right up your alley. I strongly recommend you give it a look. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God bless! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Apr 14, 2021

    Expertly contrasting the expected sunniness of Spider-Man with a dark, foreboding, creeping horror undertone,Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1 delivers on all expectations. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Geoffrey Luu Apr 17, 2021

    Spider's Shadow is a strong start to the new What If line. It takes itself seriously but its tone and violence feel necessary and earned. It remains to be seen whether this will reach the heights of Spider-Man Life Story, but Zdarsky, Ferry, and Hollingsworth have established great momentum here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 18, 2021

    Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow is a chilling look at what could have been for Peter Parker. The groundwork is laid for a path of violence and destruction in this debut issue. I cannot wait to see how this decision changes things not only for Spider-Man, but for those closest to him and the villains he encounters. There are no more quips in battle or leaving a villain strung up for the cops to take in. This is pure power and aggression but not tempered by Peter's humanity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Apr 20, 2021

    This What If miniseries shows us how brutal Spider-Man can be if he kept the Venom symbiote! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Apr 17, 2021

    While this is only a short series, it is probably more suited to bigger Spider-Man fans than the more casual ones from the movies. Seems like there are some more deep cuts here and they wanted to try something different. If you want to see Spider-Man in a different light then I would recommend this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Apr 13, 2021

    The idea of this book may not seem wholly original, yet it comes at a time were symbiotes and Venom are enjoying a bit of a surge in interest thanks to King in Black. Regardless of my apathy towards Zadarsky's Life Story, it is clear, through that and more importantly this book, Zdarsky has a true love for Spider-Man. I just hope that down the line, he punchline is equal to the set-up. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Apr 19, 2021

    "Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow" #1 is a promising, dark, and very coolness beginning for "What If?" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Apr 14, 2021

    Spider's Shadow kicks off the story of Peter Parker embracing his symbiote suit with great talent but without great novelty. These are skilled creators, and their skill is in full evidence on the pages. They may well take this story in a surprising direction -- but they haven't done so yet. What we've seen so far is enjoyable and even satisfying, but it's also terribly safe and (I hesitate to end on such a loaded word, but I must) predictable. Read Full Review

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